Open and Affirming a growing family of LGBTQ-welcoming churches

No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,800 churches and other ministries in the United Church of Christ that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) members. More than 350,000 members of the UCC belong to ONA churches—and our movement is growing rapidly.

After a time of study, dialogue and prayer, churches adopt an Open and Affirming “covenant” committing their members to welcome LGBTQ+ seekers, support their relationships, and advocate for their basic rights. All sacraments and rites of an ONA congregation are available to LGBTQ+ people, including baptism, confirmation, communion, and marriage. ONA churches take seriously the Bible’s admonition to “accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7, NIV)

If you’re looking for a church family, visit our Where page to locate an ONA congregation near you. If your congregation is curious about ONA, visit the Why and How pages for more information. If your church wants to explore new ways of living into your ONA covenant and building relationships with the LGBTQ community, visit the Next page.